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Automatic Transmission Torque Converter Problems of Ford Escape



Ford Escape owners have reported 25 problems related to automatic transmission torque converter (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 1
Failure Date: 12/04/2014

My wife was on her way to work when the vehicle started to slow and stutter. When she got to work she wasn't able to shift from drive to reverse without the vehicle cutting off. While on the interstate the vehicle almost shut down but according to her slowed way down. After work she had to cruse through all the stop signs and stop lights for fear the vehicle would stop. She made it home and that was it. I couldn't get the vehicle to go from no gear to and gear without shutting itself off. We did some research and thought it might be a shift sensor. We ended up calling the Ford house (arrow Ford, abilene, TX. ). They towed the vehicle and I got a call later saying it was a bad torque converter. It was going to be $2,400. 00 for the repair. I researched the internet and found that there is no recall and this is a common problem, (a design flaw if you will). We take care of the vehicles and don't abuse our vehicles.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 2
Failure Date: 11/05/2014

Check engine light has been on since the beginning of 2014, always for the same code p0741. Car does not drive properly at highway speeds as the torque converter does not lock up as intended. This in turn causes much lower fuel ecomony than the vehicle is capable and advertised to get. (23. 5 hwy actual, should get 29-30 mpg) car has been in to Ford 5 times and the problem has not been resolved. Sent Ford a last chance letter prior to the ast repair attempt. This attempt was scheduled by Ford so one of the engineer experts could evaluate it. After they fed us a complete line of hogwash about an air bubble in the cooling system, they told us it was fixed. 70 miles after this visit, light is back on (same code) and mpg is still terrible. To top it off the coolant is leaking on the floor in garage and car runs rougher and has nealy stalled at intersections multiple times (with my 2 yr old duaghter in the car) clearly they are incapable of repairing but informed us they will do nothing else.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 3
Failure Date: 07/04/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Ford Escape. The contact stated while driving 5 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact stated there were no warning indicators illuminated when the failure occurred. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. However, after test driving the vehicle the technician stated that the torque converter needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 122,500.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 4
Failure Date: 01/07/2014

While accelerating on the interstate, vehicle approached 50 miles an hour when it felt like the transmission was about to fall out of the vehicle. After talking with a lot of people and doing research, they call this shudder. It fills like when you drive off the edge of the interstate white line and hit the rough pavement. It would stop if I let up off the gas. I have no check engine light or transmission light showing on the dashboard. No error codes when the code reader was hooked up on the vehicle. This vehicle has already been to the dealership twice for this issue. The first time we had all of the gaskets and vacuum hoses replaced cost was over 1400 dollars. The second time we had the whole transmission serviced by the dealership over 700 dollars along with other items. The dealership has still not been able to identify the cause for the problem. There was a tech bulletin that came out a while back on the cd4e shudder problem and appears that NHTSA should force Ford to do a recall on Ford Escapes for the shudder problem they have since the tech bulletin has come out and no solution has been done. All the research I have done seems to point to the torque converter which is not an easy fix and is costly. There needs to be a recall on this.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Ford Escape 5
Failure Date: 11/25/2013

Now that it is colder out, my car has gone from overheating to misfiring from the defective cac/torque converter in this car. I've noticed that the misfiring does not show up on the check engine light or was able to be read by my obd reader. Misfiring can ruin the catalytic converter and cause emission issues. It is illegal in California (where I'm a resident) to not follow the obd ii protocol for reporting emission problems since we have this inspected for registration. When my car has overheated, only Ford was able to pull the code & I also didn't get a check engine light. It's apparent now that Ford has rigged the obd in this car so that only they can retrieve codes. Misfiring is easy for you to replicate to verify my statement. Unplug one cylinder, start the car, see if you get a flashing check engine light and a p030x code.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 6
Failure Date: 05/29/2013

Purchased used in Jan 2013, immediately had trouble shifting and wouldn't go in reverse. Rpms revved up like it couldn't shift to the next gear. Brought it back to the dealer, no codes but a TSB 12-6-12 and 11-9-9 covered both and the pcm was reprogrammed. It still shifted hard but I got used to it. It started getting really bad again in may 2013. No codes, no check engine light and I checked the system information and nothing was flagged. It would chug and then die while idling. At a stoplight on a 55 mph highway, it stalled. Engine started up but as soon as it was put into drive it would make a loud grinding noise and stall. I didn't have any warning. I was at a stoplight at a very busy intersection and there was no where safe to push the truck to the side. I waited 30 terrified minutes for the tow truck hoping no one would slam into me. Towed it to the closest dealer where they had to write to the hotline to check since it was only 2 years old. First told it was a valve body or torque converter failure. Metal was found in the valve body and solinoid screens and the whole transmission needed to be replaced. And because it had 71,000 miles it wasn't covered under warranty.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2010 Ford Escape 7
Failure Date: 05/24/2013

While driving in light traffic on the interstate freeway, just coming over a hill, the engine lost power. Multiple power loss surges and the engine light came on so the Ford Escape was allow to coast down hill to the next exit ramp. Once at the bottom of the off ramp, the ignition was turned off and a tow truck was called. To move the car out of the way, the engine was restarted and it was noticed that another light was also turned on indicating something mechanical (transmission) had also failed. The car was barely able to move in 1st gear to clear the side of the road till the tow truck arrived. Later the mechanic read the trouble codes and said the throttle body failed and the transmission torque converter was seriously damaged. Fortunately the traffic was not heavy and there was opportunity to exit the freeway without crashing.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2011 Ford Escape 8
Failure Date: 04/01/2013

At approx. 19,800 miles was driving along the interstate and the Escape started losing power. I went from running 75 mph to 40 mph. The Escape now has approx. 33,000 miles and is a total nightmare. As of April 28, 2013 it has been in the shop for a total of 46 days and has had 8 repair attempts. No warning lights nor the check engine light has ever come on. This Escape clunks, surges, loses power, cut's off and at times will not even crank. The transmissions has been reprogrammed, the throttle body and motor asy - throttle body air intake has been replaced, the vapor management valve has been replaced, the torque convertor has been replaced. Lost in arbitration with the bbb because Ford said in their last repair attempt that the vehicle has operating as normal. June 5, 2013 car was back in shop because at 7:45 am stopped at a red light, while my foot was on the brake the rpm's surged up to 4000, could hardly keep it from running the light, once the light changed took off and within 4 tenths of a mile lost power and shut off. It took me 8 minutes to get it to crank, drove about 15 miles, surging all the way, and the car died again, taking me 10 minutes to get it to crank. Took the car back to the shop, they kept it for 7 days, returned it and said they could not duplicate problem. June 20, 2013 tried to crank the car at 10:00 am, it would crank, but go dead, finally at 11:10 am it stayed cranked, drove at 3 tenths of a mile, car goes dead. Takes me 5 minutes to re-crank went straight to the shop. This car is dangerous and Ford needs to re-call.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 9
Failure Date: 09/15/2012

My Escape only had 65000 miles on it when we started to have issues with the transmission. While driving the torque converter went out , and the clutch pack went bad. I ended up having to replace the transmission and torque converter. The mechanic I spoke with told me that there was an issue with the clutch pack in the transmission and mine was one of many he has seen with the same issues. No more than 6 months later the transmission is slamming in to gear and shifting hard. We had it looked at and the mechanic said we will need to have the transmission replaced. Ford denied any claim to issues with the transmission and refuses to help.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 10
Failure Date: 01/01/2011

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Escape. While stopped at a traffic stop, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The failure recurred sporadically. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician stated that the torque converter would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 67,064. Updated 02/15/bf updated 03/16/12.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 11
Failure Date: 10/21/2010

Vehicle transmission problem - there was no indication of a transmission problem until it completely quit at 75,000 miles. Towed vehicle to the dealership and was told the torque converter came apart and filled the transmission with metal. I declined service at the dealership since they wanted too much money to repair or replace the transmission. An extended warranty was purchased at the time vehicle was purchased which was good for 72 months or 75,000 miles. The vehicle had exactly 75,700 miles when transmission went out and was told warranty would not cover the repair expenses. Vehicle was towed to an independent transmission shop for repairs.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 12
Failure Date: 10/02/2010

2008 Ford Escape, broke down in the middle of intersection. Did get it moved out of way of traffic. But it was due to a failure in the torque converter. And, after 7 weeks and finding out that it is actually a recall and Ford stated that they will not notify owners of the vehicles, but just if it happens to replace it. Not everyone could be so lucky as me to get out of imminent danger! when this goes out, the vehicle dies when the vehicle slows down.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 13
Failure Date: 12/24/2009

While driving our 2006 Ford Escape, on christmas eve, it began running extremely rough with banging, clanking and grinding noises, bucking, and jumping, with an apparent odor of gear fluid entering the vehicle. The engine light did not illuminate. , and the on dash board computer system didn't report any problems, when checked. We drove it home and then to a transmission repair place, where they took the transmission apart . The transfer case was filled with metal shavings and the gears were completely stripped. The torque converter is bad and also has to be replaced. We were informed that it would have been extremely unsafe for the Escape to be driven any longer in this condition, and parts were actually banging into one another and could have fallen onto the ground. We are having the transmission repaired, and a used transfer case in good condition is being installed in it. This vehicle is called an all wheel drive vehicle, but the 4-wheel drive system has never been engaged. The vehicle has never been used to tow anything, and has just 51,287 miles on it.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2005 Ford Escape 14
Failure Date: 07/26/2009

Taking off at a light, my 2005 Ford Escape jerked back and starting making a grinding sound. My Escape does have a lot of miles on it (94,000) to be exact. It was no longer drivable, when put in drive or reverse it would thrust my car backward and forward profusely. Inevitably, I had my car towed to a shop they concluded that my torque converter had blown up and all the pieces from the converter were sucked into the filter causing my trans to lock up, therefore costing me $2200 to fix. I understand that it has a lot of miles on it however, I was googling trying to look for some help as I am 19 years old and don't have that kind of money and I came across a website with over 200 entries from different people about their transmissions in their Ford Escapes. You all need to look into this because a transmission is not cheap and I need a reliable car.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 15
Failure Date: 06/22/2009

I have a 2004 Ford Escape XLT w/ 60000 miles. It required a torque converter replacement as part of the transmission shifting problem. Why isn't this listed as a recall item/ online it appears there have been several transmission failures for this vehicle. All vehicles, including mine have been well maintained. This vehicle and those in online reports indicate very similar failures. This seems to be a manufacturing deficit/ fault. This transmission problem should be a recall/replacement item!.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 16
Failure Date: 04/06/2009

The torque converter has failed due to driving my car on numerous long trips. TSB 07-5-6 describes the exact problem and fix. It occurred twice and now the transmission must be removed and the torque converter replaced for $1800. My car is only 3 years old.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2008 Ford Escape 17
Failure Date: 10/01/2008

The contact owns a 2008 Ford Escape. After accelerating from a stop sign, the vehicle would not accelerate past 40 mph and began vibrating uncontrollably. The contact activated the cruise control once the vehicle reached 60 mph and the vibrating ceased. Approximately 30 miles later, he was able to find a Ford dealer and they performed a diagnostic. The contact was informed that the torque converter was defective. The mechanic could not duplicate the failure and the vehicle has not been repaired. The vehicle was driven to a dealer near the contact's residence. The mechanic stated that they would not be able to replace the torque converter because they could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer stated that they were not liable for the repairs. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage was 7,100 and failure mileage was 4,800.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2006 Ford Escape 18
Failure Date: 01/25/2008

After traveling for 3 hours on highway the very first stop I came to, my car stalled. I restarted it and it stalled upon putting it back into drive (manual transmission). It stalls now upon any stop from driving and when in drive and upon moving into a reverse from a parked position. I found out that there is a problem on this car with the torque converter remaining in locked position after cruising at highway speeds. Ford asked me to take it to a dealership to be diagnosed. I did and the service advisor told me that there was no way that could be the problem. After 3 hours of inspection he said that was the problem. For customer service got involved and tried to force me to do my completely unrelated maintenance with them in exchange to fix the transmission that they know failed, saying they needed some "loyalty" from me. They then sent me out in what they said was an unsafe vehicle. They then called me back and tried to tell me they wanted me to pick up approx. $682 of the $1815. They know that this is a problem with this transmission and are holding me hostage to replace.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2004 Ford Escape 19
Failure Date: 09/08/2007

Transmission failure at 65k miles. Trans fluid flushed by Ford @ 30k miles. Car is less than 3 years old and almost every mile is on a flat easy interstate highway. I asked for assistance, Ford told me to go fly a kite. I also informed Ford that they lost an entire family's future purchases of any Ford product / service.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 20
Failure Date: 11/22/2006

O/d off light began flashing. Apparently, the torque converter failed and the entire transmission had to be replaced. Car was only 4 years old with 53000 miles. If I didn't have an extended warranty, the repairs would have cost over $3000. Apparently, this same problem exists on the 2002 Ford explorer as well.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 21
Failure Date: 08/24/2006

Transmission in my Ford Escape XLT has had a vibration for 2 years or so and I just found out that the torque converter is now bad! I spoke with a friend at apple Ford in lynchburg virginia and he told me that the factory recommends a fluid flush first and it didn't fix the problem! torque converter must be replaced! it seems like to me that the factory is definitely trying to patch the problem by flushing the system and using a new type of transmission fluid to mask the problem so the car is out of warranty before the torque converter fails again!.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 22
Failure Date: 09/04/2005

The consumer owns a 2001 Ford Escape that experienced a transmission failure. While driving on the highway at 55 mph the overdrive light flashed. The consumer exited the highway and was stopped at a red light. When the light turned green the vehicle revved, but would not move forward. The transmission would not shift. The consumer was able to engage second gear and drive 10 miles home. The vehicle was shaking or lurching back and forth on the drive home. The vehicle was taken to a dealership where a diagnostic check was performed and suggested a new transmission. The dealer could offer no explanation other than it may be the torque converter. This happened at 71,000 miles. This was the second transmission. The exact same thing had happened at 49, 000 miles. The consumer split the cost with Ford with the first transmission. The second transmission has not been replaced. The consumer was negotiating with Ford about the problem.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2002 Ford Escape 23
Failure Date: 03/02/2005

(oct. 2003)torque converter failed and had to be replaced around 21,850 mi. Under warranty and replaced by dealer. (Mar 2005) torque converter failed and had to be replaced again around 38,000 mi. Replaced by dealer at a discount to me. Ford only guarantees torque converter for 12 mo. Or 12,000 mi. Should it fail again, estimated cost of repair will be around $1,000.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 24
Failure Date: 02/25/2004

At 50,000, the transmission began to shudder. I found out why on Escape-central, and then proceeded back to the dealership. They informed me that they do not have the machine to perform the flushing, and to try somewhere else. Wasted day one. I went to another Ford dealership, and wasted a morning there before they told me that they did not have one either, and that I should try a Lincoln Mercury dealer. I finally got fed up and contacted the local Mazda dealer, who had the machine and was more than will to take my $150. 00. He did not perform the oasis change though. All was good, and the Escape ran great. At 58000, the transmission shudder reappears. I take it back to dealer one, who informs me they cant see any problem. One week later, I bring it back in saying that it is most certainly there. I get to take out the transmission expert for a test drive, and recreate the problem. He says yup, thats the torque converter problem. all the cars we make with that transmission have that problem at some point or another.  as he explained it basically water is attracted to the plate in the torque converter, and any moisture in the system causes it to shudder. I ask the logical question of what should I do about it. His response is that he would rather cut off his two arms than replace the torque converter. 12 hours of labor on top of the ~$300 part. He suggests I get it flushed again and see if that helps. Back to Mazda&. I have the flush done at Mazda last week and they ask about the TSB oasis update. I said that it wasnt done, and they perform the update and flush the Escape. My Escape now runs worse than it did before, and the shudder happens when both locking and unlocking the torque converter. It actually shakes the change in my cupholders.

car image   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2001 Ford Escape 25
Failure Date: 07/09/2002

At over drive shifting ,the transmission "chatters"when the car reaches about 2000 rpm. To upshift. This happens at any speed. Problem seems to be torque converter pressure is not enough to engage the higher gear. Ford dealer recommended transmission fluid change to fix the problem , but it still exists. I asked another repair dealership what it could be ,they recommend changing the torque converter,the fluid change will not correct the problem. They need to go back on the day it was still covered under warranty and replace the torque converter under warranty.